Gorgeous interiors, terrific Japanese food at Ozumo

When someone says, let’s go out for Japanese food tonight, they usually mean sushi. Unfortunately that leaves out an entire universe of Japanese dishes such hotpots, seafood, vegetables and meat roasted on a robata grill, and so on. Not so at Ozumo, which also offers more varieties of sake than I’ve seen in Japanese restaurants in San Francisco.

The first thing you notice about Ozumo is the elegant interior space: high ceilings, walls with wood panels, two sushi bars, and an exotic bar at Steuart Street entrance. The restaurant extends all the way to the Embarcadero so if you are lucky, you might get a table with a view of the ocean and the Bay Bridge.

The food is absolutely delicious and the varieties of sake will simply astound you. On the evening that we dined at Ozumo, we were very pleased with the advice that the staff gave us about the different kinds of sake on offer.

  • Vibe: chic, urbane Japanese interior, well-dressed, hip young Asian clientele.
  • Pros: amazing selection of sake, wide range of Japanese dishes (small plates, hotpots, robata grill, sushi), comfortable seating, noise levels are tolerable, some tables have view of the Bay Bridge and the ocean.
  • Cons: large menu makes it difficult to choose requiring a return visit (or more), which given the quality of the food and surroundings, isn’t such a bad idea.

161 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1 415 883 1333

Reserve online via Open Table

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